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    Ivan Golunov: Russian anti-corruption journalist charged with drug dealing

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48566028

    A Russian investigative journalist, Ivan Golunov, has been arrested in the capital Moscow and charged with trying to illegally sell drugs.

    He was examined in hospital after police said he complained of feeling ill, while unofficial reports suggest he was injured while being detained.

    The reporter for Latvia-based news site Meduza was arrested on Thursday.

    His lawyer says drugs were planted on him, an accusation the Russian authorities deny.

    Meduza says Mr Golunov, 36, is being "being persecuted because of his journalistic activity".

    What do we know about his arrest?

    He was on his way to meet another journalist on Thursday when he was stopped and searched by officers.

    They say they found the synthetic drug mephedrone in his rucksack, and that a later search of his flat turned up more drugs and some scales - indicating that he was involved in dealing.

    The journalist was officially charged on Saturday morning with attempting illegally to produce, sell or pass on drugs.

    Police released photos which they said showed drug paraphernalia in Mr Golunov's flat, but these were later withdrawn, BBC Russian journalist Olga Ivshina reports.

    The police, she adds, admitted that "most of the published photos had not been taken at Mr Golunov's flat after all, but were related to another criminal investigation that might be linked to his detention".

    Meduza said in a statement that Mr Golunov had received threats in recent months over a story he was working on.

    "We are convinced that Ivan Golunov is innocent," the statement reads, according to Reuters news agency. "Moreover, we have grounds to believe that Golunov is being persecuted because of his journalistic activity."

    What is being reported about his condition?

    A medical examination at Moscow's Hospital Number 71 showed that he had an abrasion on his back and bruising around one eye but no serious injuries that required a stay in hospital, Dr Alexander Myasnikov told Russian media.

    None of his ribs were broken, he added, after earlier claims that he had suffered a fracture.

    Mr Golunov was then moved to the city's Nikulinsky Court where, Interfax news agency reports, the investigators' request for his arrest was due to be heard.

    Meduza says he was beaten up by officers both during his arrest and later at a police station. He was, the news site says, only able to contact a friend after 14 hours.

    In the first video of Mr Golunov since his arrest, posted by the Russian news site Breaking Mash, he lifts up his shirt to reveal marks on his back.



    Mr Golunov said he had been involved in "scuffles" with police, and showed bruises.

    His lawyer, Dmitry Julay, told reporters that the journalist had been denied food and sleep for more than 24 hours.

    Who is Ivan Golunov?

    The journalist has repeatedly exposed corruption among Moscow's high-profile businesspeople and its political elite, as well as fraudulent financial schemes in the city.

    Journalists in Russia have often been harassed or attacked in recent years for their work. Many opposition figures and human rights activists in Russia have been detained on apparently fabricated drugs charges, which are widely seen as an attempt to quash political dissent.

    Much of Russia's media is controlled by the state and Russia is ranked 83rd out of 100 countries for press freedom by Freedom House.


    "We will find out by whose will Vanya [Ivan] is being pursued, and we will make this information public," Meduza's director Galina Timchenko and editor Ivan Kolpakov said.

    "We will protect our journalist by all available means."

    The journalist's arrest sparked protests in Moscow and St Petersburg, and more than a dozen people - mostly fellow journalists - were reportedly detained and later released.

    On Saturday, police detained several people trying to protest about the arrest outside Nikulinsky Court, with one placard condemning the case against the reporter as a "fabrication".

    Mr Golunov's mother, Svetlana Golunova, told Reuters the arrest was "not even a farce, it is something unbelievable", and she expected "only victory".
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    #Russia: journalist #IvanGolunov is released from custody and placed under house arrest



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    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48600233

    Ivan Golunov arrest: Russian reporter is freed after public outcry

    A Russian journalist has been freed after drug-dealing charges against him were dropped following a public outcry.

    Russian newspapers had rallied round freelancer Ivan Golunov in a rare public show of support.

    Mr Golunov cried as he was freed from a police station on Tuesday and vowed to continue his investigative journalism.

    Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev admitted his guilt had "not been proven" and said an internal inquiry had been launched.

    The decision came after "forensic, biological, fingerprinting and genetic tests", the minister added.

    Mr Kolokoltsev said he would ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to dismiss two high-ranking officials over the case: the head of the Interior Affairs Directorate of Moscow's Western Administrative District, Gen Puchkov, and the head of the Drugs Control Directorate, General Devyatkin.

    A file on the case had been sent to criminal investigators, Mr Kolokoltsev said. It would be up to them "check the legality of actions by officers directly involved in the detention of this citizen", he added.

    What happened to Ivan Golunov?
    Mr Golunov, 36, is a freelance journalist who had been working for the Latvia-based news website Meduza, among others. The news site was established by Russian journalists from Lenta.ru, who formed their own outlet abroad after a takeover by a new pro-Kremlin owner.

    Mr Golunov's reporting included coverage of the loan shark business, the earnings of the family of Moscow's deputy mayor, the unusually high cost of public works in the Russian capital, and the alleged censorship of journalists.

    He was on his way to meet another journalist in Moscow last week when he was stopped and searched by police officers.

    Officers said they had discovered the drug mephedrone in his bag and more drugs and weighing scales in a search of his home. Reports said he was beaten during his arrest.

    Mr Golunov's lawyers and press freedom activists said the drugs had been planted in order to silence the investigative journalist. Much of Russia's media is controlled by the state and Russia is ranked 83rd out of 100 countries for press freedom by Freedom House.


    Supporters immediately claimed the journalist was innocent and a victim of fabricated drug charges, which activists say are used against opposition figures and human rights activists by the Russian state.

    Analysis: A serious embarrassment
    By Jonah Fisher in Moscow

    This case was becoming a serious embarrassment for the Russian authorities.

    At the weekend the police had to retract pictures they'd released of drugs paraphernalia, when it was pointed out that they weren't from inside Ivan Golunov's apartment.

    Then today a series of forensic tests failed to establish any link between the journalist and the drugs stash.

    It was becoming very hard to argue with Mr Golunov's supporters who said, from the very start, that he'd been set up, targeted because of his hard-hitting investigative reports.

    The case was on the front page of newspapers on Monday, and plans were being made for a demonstration in Moscow on Wednesday.

    Clearly the decision was taken, almost certainly from the very top, that Mr Golunov's case was not going to quietly go away.
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    Russia: Investigative reporter Ivan Golunov walks free after charges dropped


    Russia drops criminal case against journalist Ivan Golunov
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenequity View Post

    https://twitter.com/Liveuamap/status...96737999581184
    Seems America has a lot a of $$$ to prop up protests agaisnt governments and regimes that they don't like. What a coincidence for protests to quickly to happen after his arrest.

    Yet of course Mainstream News Media has no problems of julian assange being in jail at all.

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    Putin dismisses 2 police generals over journalist Golunov case
    https://www.rt.com/newsline/461761-p...erals-golunov/




    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed orders to dismiss two police generals, Andrey Puchkov and Yury Devyatkin, over the case of journalist Ivan Golunov, the Kremlin press service said on Thursday.

    Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev earlier asked the president to sack them, and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the petition “will be looked into in a timely fashion.”

    Major-General Andrey Puchkov was the chief of Moscow’s Western Administrative District police force, which opened a criminal case against the investigative reporter. Major-General Yury Devyatkin headed the Drug Control Directorate of the Moscow police.

    All charges against Golunov were dropped, and he was released from house arrest on June 11.



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